Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ecce Agnus Dei (for Cathy)

This is one of my favorite paintings of all time. It moves me unlike any other. The seventeenth century Potuguese painter Josefa de Ayala (often referred to as Josefa de Obidos) masterfully created this image over three hundred years ago during a time that was dominated exclusively by male artists. It is entitled Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold The Lamb of God).

The color and shadows of this piece are striking, and the textured wool of the Lamb seems somatic even when observed in mere paint.

When I listen to Barder's Agnus Dei (which you can listen to by clicking on it at the sidebar), Ayala's painting is the image that I see: The Lamb, motionless, sacrificed, and life draining from His body. Josefa - who has many other exquisitely painted religious works - died in 1684 and is buried in the Church of Saint Peter of Óbidos.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: I agree. It is a very powerful piece-AND you have music to go along with it?. You surprise me. You are more then just football. :-) You are multifaceted. I like that. I'm going to add you to my blogroll. Thanks for posting it.

God bless!

Terry Nelson said...

Tom - I love this image. I often call Our Lord "Little Lamb" when I pray.

Adrienne said...

It is a masterful piece but I can't stand images of animals in any kind of "extremis."

Seeing Bambi as a kid almost put me in the psyche ward (I'm not kidding).

Schütz said...

Yes, a beautiful and haunting picture. Thanks for dropping by my blog--I haven't made your aquaintance before, Tom. If you like Leunig's poetry, check out his website at

Since you are a music addict, you might also like to check out an album of Leunig poems set to music called "billy the rabbit". See: and and you can download it here:

Tom in Vegas said...


It's very nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by. I will most definitely check out the links you provided me with.

Happy and blessed New Year!


Jaimie said...

You're right, Tom. This is a moving and powerful image. Thanks for sharing it.
Have a safe and blessed New Year!

"MissMeliss" said...

Love that painting. Never seen it before, and it is quite moving.